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Museums & Galleries in Nagoya Listing

Nagoya and the surrounding Chubu area of central Japan has some wonderful, varied museums and art galleries.

The Tokugawa Art Museum is one of the best museums in the country dedicated to the arts and crafts of the Edo Period and is Nagoya's prime museum.

However, there are many other museums in Nagoya that appeal to a wide range of interests. Toyota's two main museums in Nagoya - the Toyota Automobile Museum and the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology are both excellent museums. Art lovers will appreciate the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Nagoya City Art Museum.

Popular with families with young children are the Science Museum in Fushimi and the SCMAGLEV & Railway Park.

See below for a list of museums in Nagoya and Aichi Prefecture.

Toyota Automobile Museum, Nagoya

Toyota Automobile Museum, Nagoya, Japan

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Tokugawa Art Museum houses the old ruling Owari Tokugawa family's priceless legacy of art and heirlooms, which include byobu screens and paintings by the Kano School and Maruyama Okyu.

Tokugawa Art Museum.

Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts is the sister museum of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (MFA) and shows exhibitions from the collection of over 500,000 works of art in Boston and other world class exhibits.

Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Nagoya City Museum near Sukurayama subway station is a large municipal museum that presents the history and culture of the Nagoya area as well as staging regular special exhibitions from Japan and overseas.

Nagoya City Museum.

Nagoya City Science Museum in Fushimi is aimed chiefly at children and features a planetarium and many hands-on, interactive exhibits explaining science to young people.

Nagoya City Science Museum.

Toyota Automobile Museum is a superb museum dedicated to the history of the car and displays hundreds of vintage and contemporary cars from around the world.

Toyota Automobile Museum, Nagoya.

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology close to Nagoya Station presents the history of the Toyota Company from its beginnings in textiles and looms to its mass production of cars.

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

Toyota Kaikan is a free museum detailing the history of the Toyota automobile company as well as showcasing the latest Toyota products and manufacturing processes. Toyota Kaikan is the starting point for the Toyota Plant Tour.

Toyota Kaikan.

Nagoya City Art Museum in Shirakawa Park in Fushimi has a small permanent collection of contemporary western and Japanese art including works by Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Frida Kahlo and Maurice Utrillo.

Nagoya City Art Museum.

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Money Museum is a free museum with exhibits on the history of money in Japan as well as currencies from other countries. The museum also has n excellent collection of ukiyo-e wood block prints by Hiroshige.

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Money Museum.

Electricity Museum Nagoya is maintained by Chubu Electric Power Company, with dioramas and hands-on equipment on all aspects of electricity: its production, transport and use.

Electricity Museum.

Aichi Prefectural Museum is located in Sakae and features permanent collections of modern arts and crafts including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, kimono and glassware.

Aichi Prefectural Museum.

Toyota Municipal Museum of Art is situated in nearby Toyota city and has a number of modern art exhibits and installations set in striking, contemporary buildings.

Toyota Municipal Museum of Art.

Nagoya Castle Museum is set inside the vast reconstructed donjon of the castle has displays arms and armor of the Edo period as well as dioramas on the construction of Nagoya Castle.

Nagoya Castle Museum.

IDcN Design Museum located in the Nadya Park building in Sakae, the International Design Center showcases modern design from the early 20th century onwards.

IDcN Design Museum.

SCMAGLEV & Railway Park displays the sleek new Maglev Shinkansen in addition to previous Shinkansen series including the 300, 500 and 700 and many other vintage Japanese trains.

SCMAGLEV and Railway Park.

Nagoya City Tram & Subway Museum located in Akaike has vintage trams, subway carriages and tram memorabilia on display as well as interactive games for kids and model railways.

Nagoya City Tram Museum.

Nex Plaza is a free museum close to Kurokawa subway station on the Meijo Line popular with parents and their children. The museum relates to the building and maintenance of expressways and highway tunnels in the Chubu area. Lots of interactive displays and quizzes.

Nex Plaza.

Vinegar Museum Handa "Su-no-sato" Vinegar Museum is dedicated to the history of vinegar and is housed in a traditional building at Mizkan's present-day production facility in Handa on the Chita Peninsula, south of Nagoya.

Vinegar Museum Handa.

Kunizakari Sake Museum in Handa on the Chita Peninsula details the history of sake production in the town and offers free guided tours.

Sake Museum Handa.

Chiune Sugihara Memorial Museum in Yaotsu in Gifu Prefecture celebrates the life of a Japanese diplomat who saved the lives of 1000s of Jews during World War II by writing transit visas for them from the Japanese embassy in Lithuania.

Chiune Sugihara Memorial Museum, Yaotsu, Japan.

The Futaba Museum, the former two-story house and garden of actress Sadayakko Kawakami and industrialist Momosuke Fukuzawa, is the highlight of Nagoya's "Cultural Path" which runs from Nagoya Castle to Tokugawa Art Gallery and Tokugawa-en and features many historic houses and their gardens.

Futaba Museum, Sadayakko Kawakami home, Nagoya, Japan.

The Shumokukan is a mixed Japanese and European style residence built in 1926 by Tamesaburo Imoto, a wealthy ceramics and porcelain trader. The house contains a western-style building, a Japanese-style section, a storehouse, a tea ceremony room and a lovely garden.

Shumokukan Residence, Cultural Path, Nagoya, Japan.

The Maspro Museum has an outstanding collection of late Edo Period and early Meiji Period wood block prints and ukiyo-e. Most of the prints are focused on the arrival of westerners in Japan from the 1850s onwards and their setting up in the new treaty ports of Yokohama and Kobe.

Maspro Museum, Nisshin, Nagoya, Japan.

The Hori Art Museum displays both western style and Japanese style 20th century art by Japanese artists. The Hori Art Museum has works by among others Migishi Setsuko (1905-1999), Fujita Tsuguharu (1886-1968), Oka Shikanosuke (1898-1978), Umemura Shoko (1902-2000), Kondo Koichiro (1884-1962) and Umehara Yuzaburo (1888-1986).

Hori Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan.

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